Manoj Bajpayee is a Hindi film actor, known for playing offbeat and unconventional roles. Bajpayee started his career with the TV serial Swaabhimaan on Doordarshan. He made small appearances in films like Droh Kaal (1994), and Bandit Queen (1994), before getting his big break in the 1998 blockbuster, Satya, directed by Ram Gopal Varma. His performance as Bhiku Mhatre won him several awards, as he portrayed the hotheaded and compassionate sides of this small-time gangster, with equal panache.
Another important film highlighting his intense talent was Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's Aks (2001), which won him numerous awards. His performances have won critical acclaim in a number of movies including Daud, Dil Par Mat Le Yaar, Road, Shool, Zubeidaa (2001), Pinjar (2003), which won him the National Film Award, Veer Zaara (2004) and Rajneeti (2010).
Manoj Bajpayee was born in Bihar. He went to Ramjas College, University of Delhi for pursuing Graduation, and did theatre with Barry John. His best friend is Vijendra Kumar, from Sikta.
In 2005, he married Neha (real name Shabana Raza), a Bollywood actress who worked in movies like Kareeb and Fiza.